Bluffton Area Holdings in the BDC

The BDC gathers appropriate materials about all areas of Beaufort County -- from just about anywhere we can get them, from all periods of written history. We have a county wide policy to collect research materials of permanent value that help us understand the history, culture, and environment of the area. And yes, that means the BDC collects materials about Bluffton and other localities south of the Broad River. In fact, the Bluffton, South Carolina brochure online lists the key sources for studying the history of the locality. You can access this bibliography by going to

If you want to see a more inclusive list of materials that the BDC makes available to you on the topic, go to Connections ( and see a list of more than 30 directly related to Bluffton area history titles that I’ve selected to share with you from the SCLENDS catalog.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.